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Monday, May 6, 2013

Obama to Grads: Reject Voices Warning of Government Tyranny


"Americans are too good to indulge in  tyranny. That's something for the lesser peoples."

Because there's no such thing in America-- and it's impossible or something. And as usual Obama uses the ideas of America and the federal government interchangeably... because, you know, they're the same thing.

From Real Clear Politics:

U.S. President Barack Obama gives the commencement address to the graduating class of The Ohio State University at Ohio Stadium on May 5, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Unfortunately, you've grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that's at the root of all our problems. Some of these same voices also do their best to gum up the works. They'll warn that tyranny always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave, and creative, and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can't be trusted.

We have never been a people who place all our faith in government to solve our problems. We shouldn't want to. But we don't think the government is the source of all our problems, either. Because we understand that this democracy is ours. And as citizens, we understand that it's not about what America can do for us, it's about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but absolutely necessary work of self-government. And class of 2013, you have to be involved in that process.
It's classic "Obama drivel"-- straw man arguments against caricatures of what he's opposing coupled with lies whose falsehoods are proven by his own actions.

First the straw man argument: "You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave, and creative, and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can't be trusted." Yup. These mysterious voices that warn of tyranny are basically coming from anarchists who believe that there should be no government.

What is so amusing in this statement is that clearly Obama can't be referring to the government that preceded him. After all, a fair amount of the Constitution is designed to create roadblocks in the government, and the Bill of Rights is designed to protect individual rights from government tyranny by Americans. I guess that these anarchist voices warning of tyranny must be coming from people like James Madison and the Founders.

But don't worry we have liars like Obama to trust. Which of course brings us the second portion of "Obama drivel"the lies whose falsehoods are proven by his own actions portion. Obama actually has the temerity to say: "We have never been a people who place all our faith in government to solve our problems. We shouldn't want to... And as citizens, we understand that it's not about what America can do for us, it's about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but absolutely necessary work of self-government."

Really? This coming from the man who pushed for and signed ObamaCare into law. This coming from the man who has pushed America to record levels of food stamp usage and disability claims.  This coming from the man who has sought to make our medical records available to the IRS, and various forms of federal law enforcement. This guy has been telling for four years that government can handle our health care, health insurance, save the planet from global warming and rising seas, and give us free food and free money when we're "disabled," and he's matched it with incredibly expensive governmental action. Yeah, this guy has the temerity to say that.

We also get that overwhelming arrogance that the Left and Obama love to display. I mean, tyranny is a problem that can't happen in America-- because we're too smart or something. Or because this abstraction called democracy is ours.

According to Obama, tyranny is for what he must consider to be "lesser" peoples, I guess. The Chinese and Russians and North Koreans and Greeks who in ancient times killed many citizens due to popular demand-- generals, philosophers, etc. Yup, Mexico, Central and South America, which has faced tyranny numerous times, and continues to do so, is full of non-Americans who don't understand that their democracies is theirs. They don't understand that that it's not about what their government can do for them, it's about what can be done by them, together, through the hard and frustrating but absolutely necessary work of self-government. The fools! If only they could be more like us!

This American Leftist declaration that tyranny can't happen here in America because we're just too good for it is both insulting and dangerous.

Such arrogance. I can't decide if Obama speaks this way because he's foolish enough to actually believe it, or whether he thinks he's pandering to the crowd. Obama's life has been made up of pandering and conforming himself to other people's-- mostly white people by the way-- idea of what he should be. So maybe the second is more likely.

The Founders were under no illusion of Americans being incapable of tyranny. I mean read the freakin' Constitution, not some Leftist analysis of a "living document," but the actual words. Yet this exact and very dangerous illusion is precisely what the "light-bringer" is telling our grads.

And Obama's supposed to be some kind of Constitutional scholar. Well, that's a scary thought.

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